By Allison Charland:
Union Island, a small part of the St. Vincent and Grenadines islands, is not easy to get to; however, upon arrival the mesmerizing view makes you forget the difficult trek. Starting in Grenada, the first ferry to Carriacou was a few hours and required lots of Dramamine. The large ship rocked back and forth after leaving the main island of Grenada due to the influx of trade winds. Yet, we were still granted with a breathtaking sunset unlike any other I have experienced. After leaving Carriacou to head to Union, we were faced with another ferry, but luckily this one was much smaller and did not rock as much. It was about an hour ride, which passed by quickly because of the many views we were granted.
After going through immigration once again, Union Island was immediately worth the trip. Locals are beyond friendly and helpful, not to mention the island’s dogs that are always willing to join in on a walk. Although their beaches are strongly affected by the brown macroalgae called sargassum, it does not take away from the island’s natural beauty. Unfortunately, as it rots, it gives off a strong odor due to hydrogen sulfide, but this can easily be ignored as you adjust to the island. Aside from this problem, their waters are crystal clear and offer several activities. From scuba diving to kite surfing, there is something for everyone!
The authors of this blog are students enrolled in Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation, field courses run in the Caribbean by the University of South Florida. In 2019 and 2021, the course went to the Carmabi research station in Curaçao and dived around the island over a 10-day period, for training and to carry out research projects. In 2018, the group went to Soufriere, Saint Lucia, and took part in various projects in partnership with the Soufriere Marine Management Association. In this blog, students will document their activities and how they relate to course material.